1856 IMPORTANT QUAKER LETTER FERRISBURGH VT ANN KING/ ROKEBY ROBINSON RELATED For Sale
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1856 IMPORTANT QUAKER LETTER FERRISBURGH VT ANN KING/ ROKEBY ROBINSON RELATED
1856 IMPORTANT QUAKER LETTER FERRISBURGH VT ANN KING/ ROKEBY ROBINSON RELATED
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Important historical letter
dated April 28th 1856
a lovely 4 page example, in beautiful legible hand writing, almost poetic, a writer with the obvious volcabulary of an educated person
From the hand of ANN KING (1786-1867), a friend of the well known Quaker family THE ROBINSONS of FERRISBURGH, VERMONT, (ROKEBY HOUSE & MUSEUM)
A teacher of ROWLAND THOMAS ROBINSON and his wife RACHEL GILPIN who had 3 sons, Thomas, George & Rowland E and a daughter Ann King Robinson (named after Anne King, their beloved teacher)
Sent to JOSEPH CARPENTER, MAMARONECK, NEW YORK, a well known quaker and abolitionist (allowed burial of blacks on his land when they were excluded from burial in other grounds)
"Westchester Quakers were active in the Underground Railroad. Scarsdale stories tell of slaves hidden in barns and in secret cupboards on Mamaroneck Road. Joseph Carpenter, who lived just over the border in New Rochelle off Weaver Street, was a renowned friend of fugitive slaves. He gave some of his property on Stratton Road in New Rochelle for a cemetery where freed slaves could be buried, which is where he and his wife are both buried."
We have been able to transcribe the letter, see below, religious content, bigotry, talk of the society, Spiritualism, politics, the Robinsons withdrawal from the society, other "friends" family etc.
My dear friend, the long neglected not forgotten. many things added to my increasing age and disability have tended to discourage my writing though not to stop it entirely with all. amongst these things was one which stripped me last spring of all or nearly all of my cherished letters from my friends thine among the rest so that I have nothing of thine to recur to. now thou wilt ask what could have made me do so, it was an idea that death was very near me even for a long time, within a few days though my health and spirits were as good as usual. more than a year has elapsed and I am still in mutability and wishing much to hear from thee, the kind though infrequent correspondent of several years who’s letters tho we have never met but once, always seemed so brotherly wilt tho not favor me as soon as convenient with one more token of thy remembrance describing thy present feelings on all subjects of import not beyond the right of thy friends to claim, the Health and condition of the thy family especially of the thy wife, whose life seemed for a time quite precarious, the present state of the society in which I had a birthright and was deeply interested, but from which, as a body, I am somewhat weaned, as we have no meetings to attend and have become more liberal to all mankind. canst thou give me some account of our dear Mary Beale and her children. is she still wading through difficulties or has her married daughter the means of providing her a comfortable home. and what has become of JH Turpin and his sisters and please say something of Aaron fields widow and children my deceased sisters friends, tho personally unknown to me of eliza in particular. Another friend unknown to me , but by report I feel interested in Stephen Archer, is he still riding the Kings high horse as did Mordecai, or are his enemies triumphant? if the latter have conquered I hope peace reigns within. how are friends around you and all of your acquaintance progressing do many of them admit I believe in the new dispensation of spiritualism what place does it find in thy calm and sympathetic mind for it is no longer a strange thing with which few are acquainted. and now in reply to the query anticipated I will acknowledge myself much interested in it not greatly by the outward manifestations of which I have seen but little, as it is not at all popular in our sectarian vicinity but comforted on behalf of my race in the belief that it is the commencement of a great reformation assured that among the millions who have embraced the belief and the millions more among whom it promises to spread all who admit it in heart and soul must live it practically and their children who will of course be trained and it will in a few years form a phalanx able to bear aloft the standard of those Christian principles love truth and justice out of which will grow the harmonious spirits of liberty equality and fraternity which will in time make our Earth bare a greater resemblance to Eden. be free with me now my dear friend for the affinity in religious sentiment with those we esteem is always desirable it is not always to be expected and my liberality to those who differ from me and my earnest desire to be rightfully lead will welcome any counsel or reproof thou mayst have for me. most of my (i may say our) knowledge of spiritualism is the result of reading and thinking that we have heard several speaking mediums (I prefer the English word) and if no other evidence of the communion of spirits with morals had ever come to my knowledge than what I heard on the first day of my investigation I could never have resisted the conviction that there was something above mortal mind addressing us, for the instrument was a plain simple illiterate young man who could not then utter many sentences in his normal state on the most common topics without exciting compassion for his unavoidable hesitancy. he is however much improved now as his controlling spirits promised on condition of his faithfulness that they would open his mind to the elevating ideas which he was conveying to others without knowing one word he uttered. all that I have heard thro mediums Is very much such language as the most liberal of our ministering friends used to give us except that there is rather more of prophecy and more on the political evils of our land from spirits who were interested in politics here and carried their habits of thinking and acting with them into a sphere where all their capacities become sanctified and consecrated to useful purposes. thou knowst that my brother and sister Robinson withdrew from the society 12 or 13 years ago I still might claim membership but having no meeting here and finding nothing to obstruct freedom of thought though before the young people who are skeptical and restrain its outflow we often rejoice in our freedom from shackles and I think our course is progressive but far too slow to satisfy our aspirations. my sister R (Robinson) who was brought very low during the winter and spring of 1855 with dropsy and Inward abscesses is so far restored as to be able to be up all day and in fine weather to be out of doors a good deal, my health is not below par and the rest are all well as usual. is your friend LM child still with you in summer if thou see her while I am before thy mind please revive me in her remembrance as one who asked a literary favor of her or year or two ago thank her for me and tell her I did not make use of her great kind Grant partly because it appeared reasonably reluctant and partly from discouragement with the result of my own efforts I had attempted to form a useful story in which for want of bodily strength I was compelled to be very brief making two small book for children of an age to be greatly benefited by the subject and desired liberty to publish with it the story which I thought was hers though perhaps it was not. now I soon saw that in this age of books and authors one who could write only in the plainest style had not the art of embellishing need not hope for readers and suppressed it. my subject was early influence a subject and which I still wish to see something from a capable writer showing the sufferings the reformation and the retrieving efforts of one who had in his youth been the means of ruining an innocent promising companion whose mind never could rise from its degradation and whose family inherited his faults while his injudicious but persistent friend became a respectable and valuable man. I am reading LM child’s "progress of religious ideas "how admirably it is adapted to the removal of bigotry if we could only persuade bigots to read it. by hearing from me the recollection of a mutual friend of ours will be brought before thee. she is often on my mind and imagine her frequently very near me sympathizing with me in the trials of time. give my love to thy wife to thy daughter Esther although she may have forgotten I remember with affection and to thy son who made us a visit a few years ago
thy friend Ann King
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